A Shining in the Shadows (Gabriel Davenport #2) by Beverley Lee 5/5
Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive .
In a small seaside town, Gabriel’s maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on The Bloodvyne, the mental web of linked vampire consciousness. Whispers about a cleansing, about the ruling council hunting vampires with impure blood.
Gabriel finds himself thrust into a new nightmare, where the hunter becomes the hunted. When his maker is taken, he must battle to untangle the mystifying clues laid out in an uncovered labyrinth to find the only creature strong enough to fight against those that hunt his new-found family.
Gaze long into the darkness, and you’ll find old vampire foes out for revenge, new ones with their own agenda, and a witch who holds the key. But just who is the monster in the middle?
Another masterpiece from Lee. After relishing Lee’s effortless writing style in book one, I was yet again sucked into Gabriel’s world and led like a sleepwalker through the pages and plot twists with ease. Lee makes writing seem easy. The pacing, narrative, and character development has a superb flow, and as a reader, you wake up at the end wondering where you are and how you got there. Book hangover!
Some points that I have to mention:
- The relationship dynamics are on fire. There are some curve balls, and then relationships that blossom organically, despite initial thoughts.
- Plot twists are subtley woven into the narrative. The ending is a weaving together of story pieces. Writing tapestry.
- Character development is a huge part of my reading experience. When you’re rooting for anti-heroes of sorts, you know the writer has got it right.
In summary, this is a vampire read that isn’t cliche. The characters and relationships are well crafted, and the story is littered with breadcrumbs that tie up effortlessly at the end. I highly recommend this series.
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